IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: flyingfish (English), volador (Espanol)
Hirundichthys marginatus (Nichols & Breder, 1928)

Bladewing flyingfish,     Banded flyingfish,     Whitewing flyingfish

Elongate, broadly cylindrical body; head short, snout short and blunt; mouth small, jaws about equal in length; jaw teeth conspicuous, conical; sides of roof of mouth without teeth; fins without spines; 11 dorsal rays; 12 anal rays 1st  2 pectoral rays unbranched, fin reaches past anal base; dorsal fin usually with fewer or equal number of rays to anal; anal origin slightly before dorsal origin; pelvic origin nearer anal origin than pectoral base, fin long, reaching past anal origin; tail deeply forked with a much longer lower lobe; lateral line low on the body, no branch to origin of pectoral; scales large, smooth, easily shed; 32-35 scales before dorsal fin; juveniles without barbels under chin.

Dark blue-green above, silvery below; body with 1 broad dark bar immediately in front of pectoral and 2 after; pectoral dark with broad clear margin; dorsal and anal clear; tail pale, pelvics dusky, with dark blotch.

Size: 21 cm.

Habitat: oceanic and coastal pelagic.

Depth: surface, 0-5 m.

Southern Baja to Peru, the oceanic islands.


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